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Question of the month: March 2017 edition

It’s that time again: we’re back with our next question of the month, where we attempt to answer a quandary that has been taxing the gaming community since it first picked up a controller. We’re battling it out with our friends and blogging neighbours in order to find the ultimate response in 100 words or less – and we’re asking you to decide on the best by voting in our poll.

But first, let’s take a look at last month’s question and find out who the winner is!

Last month’s results: what’s the hardest video game in the universe, ever?

We received 17 votes in total, which isn’t at all bad considering it was the first instalment in the question of the month series. We also had some good answers from members of the community who opted to enter their own choices rather than choose one in our poll:

khinjarsi from Upon Completion went for the original Rayman, while benez256 from I ❤ Old Games! chose Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Was the answer from Kangarou of Momentum Games better though, Takeshi’s Challenge? Or was it topped by Zelda II: The Adventure of Link from Wakalapi? That’s not all though, because a person who wished to remain anonymous opted for Ecco the Dolphin.

As for which of our contenders won: it was a tie between DuckTales (Kim) and I Wanna Be The Guy (Tim from GeekOut South-West) with 25% of the votes each. Well done guys and a big thank you to everyone who voted! Now let’s see the competition heat up for the next question…

March’s question: which video game has the best soundtrack?

In honour of our special guest, the talented Chris from OverThinker Y, we’ve gone in a musical direction this month. Soundtracks are an important part of the gaming experience and add colour to a digital world so it’s time to show them some love and recognition. Let’s reveal our contenders for the trophy…

Answer 1:   Dreamfall Chapters

Kevin is a geek and proud of it: no matter the situation, no matter the environment or the people around him, you’ll hear him discuss novels, games and films with anyone who’ll listen. He’ll also discuss his answer if you ask him nicely and you can find out why he chose Dreamfall Chapters on The Mental Attic.

Answer 2:   Final Fantasy IX

Tim is a guy who likes to get dressed up, have a good time, meet people who are passionate about their respective geekdoms and encourage everyone to be vocal about who they are. He’s also vocal about his answer for this month’s question – check out his argument for Final Fantasy IX over on GeekOut South-West.

Answer 3:   Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Kim says: “Despite being accused of choosing a game which ‘positively stole’ its soundtrack (thanks Kevin), you can’t deny that the music used throughout Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is absolutely awesome. So awesome in fact that it even got its own official release. With classics such as Run To You, Waiting for a Girl Like You and All Night Long (not to mention the DJs), it creates the perfect backdrop for racing through the city and causing mayhem. It’s just pure perfection for anyone who’s an 80s child like myself.”

Answer 4:   Kingdom Hearts

Chris from OverThinker Y says: “I really like video game music in general, so picking one to be my very favourite of all time was so hard I went off and wrote 2,000 words just listing ones I like. In the end, though, I’ve got to go with the Kingdom Hearts series. Maybe I’m cheating, since some of the tracks are remixes of Disney or Final Fantasy tunes, but I reckon there are enough brilliant originals in there to justify my choice. It’s epic, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and every world and character has their own unique motif, which build up into symphonies of pure awesome.”

Answer 5:   Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Nathan, friend of the site says: “From the moment you press the start button, the first key notes of Uncharted 2 hit you and give you the sense that epic adventure awaits! The music throughout the game gracefully sets the tone, making the player feel what Nathan Drake is going through. The best example of this us when he discovers the pirate compound and the camera pans out to reveal the ocean; the soundtrack matches the moment beautifully and makes the feel the grands scale of the challenge in front of Mr Drake. Uncharted 2 deserves to win this month.”

So who’s got it right, and who’s got it so wrong that they deserve to listen to Sagat’s theme on repeat for the rest of eternity? Cast your votes in the poll opposite and we’ll reveal the most popular answer on Friday, 07 April 2017 along with the next question.

Got a question you’d like to see us struggle over next month? Or would you like to join in and add your own answer into our polls on a regular basis? Leave us a message in the comments below or get in touch!

35 thoughts on “Question of the month: March 2017 edition

      1. I got it for (I think) £3, which wasn’t a bad price. But it just wasn’t very good. The story was alright, albeit confusing, but this is a walking simulator in the worst sense. There is no interaction at all and nothing that will effect the story. This is the definition of a game that would be better as a film. I’d suggest watching a Let’s Play, you’ll get the same experience.

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          1. I can see the arguments for and against Virginia, but I adored it for almost all of those reasons. Is it a little light on gameplay? Sure. Is it incredibly atmospheric, yes.

            It’ll take you 2-3 hours to complete from start to finish, there’s no dialogue and you need to be paying attention to get the most out of it. Does it nail everything it aims for? nope, but it’s (IMO) totally worth having a look at, even if it’s only to look at something that (again IMO) is totally new and very intriguing.

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            1. Virginia seems to have really divided opinions! I think I’ll have to add this one onto the list for March also, just to see on which side of the fence I sit.

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  1. Of the options, I’m a sucker for Vice City. Grand Theft Auto as a franchise is virtually dead to me after San Andreas, but even today, their soundtrack selection is absolutely top-notch, and a source of many iTunes picks over the years.

    Personally, my all time fave is SSX (PS3/360). The soundtrack is a great mix of upbeat tunes, hyper songs, and jams with excellent rhythm. In addition, the music adjusts based on your actions. Grinding a rail? The track reverberates and warps with your spinning. Catching big air? Listen as the sound fades out, like there’s not enough oxygen to hear music, only to crash back to earth, and hear the music make an equally ground-shattering return. One of my favorite moments was timing a descent in time with Felguk and Example’s ‘Plastic Smile’ right as the beat dropped, carrying me down the rest of the mountain in style.

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    1. Hell yes Vice City! 🙂

      I completely forgot about SSX – now that you’ve mentioned it, I’m surprised that one of us didn’t have it as our answer for the poll options.

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  2. Vice City was pretty incredible.

    I haven’t actually played it, but the soundtrack to Journey is amazing.

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  3. Wow, seems I need to hone my punning skills, I thought the in-joke about Grand Theft Auto stealing the OST was great…apparently not…

    I shall retire to my lonely corner now…

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  4. I love the Kingdom Hearts music – even just the menu music makes me feel calm, happy and almost spiritually connected to the game. It proves how powerful music can be within games and how integral they are to keeping on par with other media formats (Films etc). I do like Final Fantasy too! Another firm favourite of mine is Zelda – just for the piano music alone!

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    1. My other-half always hums one of the tracks from Ocarina of Time while he’s doing the washing-up! I guess that’s a testament to how catchy the Zelda tunes are. 😉

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  5. Maaaan, this is a tricky question. I have a series on my blog decicated to the best game songs/tracks.

    Among my favorites are Stella Glow, Ace Attorney, Time Hollow, Suikoden Tierkreis, Bravely Default, Europa Universalis IV, any Zero Escape game, Tomb Raider (2013 – 2016), Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

    But, my absolute favorite are the tracks from the Zelda series. Especially the Oracle games. I love those games to death. I have replayed them at least 25 times, if not more.

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  6. So yeah, soundtracks aren’t really my specialty, but I sort of, kind of, cried when Jamie Lidell’s ‘Compass’ started playing at the end of Red Dead Redemption. Not sure if it was the music or the story, or a combination of both, but yeah, I cried like a little girl….

    Oh and I might just be the only person in the entire galaxy who kept on listening to Fallout’s Diamond City’s radio station through the entire game.

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    1. For the record: Jamie Lidell is awesome. 🙂

      Although my stepson is way too young to play Fallout, he bought himself the skin pack for Minecraft. He’s since been listening to more jazz music and has become a fan of Ella Fitzgerald!

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  7. Of the list I’ve only played FF9 so that’s the one I voted for. Two game soundtracks I really enjoyed in the last maybe 5 years are Superbrothers: Sword & sorcery ep and Hotline Miami. I actually liked the music more than the games and they were pretty well done indie games… if you’re into those kinds of games.

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      1. It’s actually an excellent game, especially for mobile, where it originally came out for. I suggest At least beating the triangle before giving it a pass by. 🙂

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          1. I won’t say much about the triangle fight, only that it is like the exhilarating attempt to interact with the dark side of the moon while being a bit too stoned. haha. Enjoy!

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  8. Never played much of these games. I’ve always found GTA always had some good stuff, but again not too familiar with Vice City. Was ticked that they eventually took out the metal radio station though.

    But I would have to make a shout out to Super Metroid, that’s my ultimate favourite

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  9. I’m gonna have to jump in with the other folks in the comments who are mentioning The Legend of Zelda. Probably either Ocarina of Time or A Link to the Past, as far as a specific game goes. Both of them have very iconic tunes that continue to be used in other games in the series. Heck, the Symphony of the Goddess was just at the arts center here where I live not too long ago, so the soundtrack has to be pretty solid to have its own following in the music scene.

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